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    Question nestle away on

    From the hinterlands of North China, to the lush forests in the south, and from the Taiwanese highlands in the east, to the “world's roof-top” in the west, China is home to 56 official ethnic groups, of which the Hans form the largest one, accounting for over ninety percent of the total population.

    The 55 ethnic minorities nestled away on China's vast border areas maintain their own rich traditions and customs, and form the bread and butter of Chinese culture just as the majority Hans do.
    I am not clear about the usage of 'away' of the phrase - nestle away on ....

    Why is there 'away' in this phrase? Could you give me more examples about the usage? Thank you!

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    Re: nestle away on

    Hello Daffs,

    I find it unusual too. I think it's a combination of "nestled" and "hidden/tucked away".

    (You could say that the "away" acts as an intensifier here.)

    All the best,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: nestle away on

    Thank you very much, MrPedantic.

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